The indigenous Sengwer people have been hunters and gatherers in Kenya’s Embobut Forest and Cherengani Hills since ancient times. But unlike most traditional communities in Kenya, they were never given title to their land. The Kenya Forest Service has in the past tried to evict them from what is now a Forest Reserve. Violence erupted again in January 2018, when Sengwer herders were shot and killed. This story looks at the Sengwer’s struggle for land rights, exposes illegal logging by officials, and examines the challenges of inclusion when conservation and development collide with indigenous opposition. A film by Joan Kabugu.
Pollinators are responsible for the production of various crops, fruits, fibers, medicinal plants, and the regeneration of wild plants. However, many farmers lack the knowledge to identify the beneficial insects from damaging pests. At the same time, indiscriminate use of pesticides as clearing techniques are contributing to their decline. There are serious implications in pollinator destruction for food security, livelihoods, human health, industries, and the global economy. This film showcases some of the pollinators and highlights how important it is for scientists and farmers to work together for conservation and better yields and incomes. A film by Martha Mutiso & Caroline Njoki.
The IIS and ITREB Portugal are proud to host an author and book talk. Join author Shams Vellani in lively conversation with Zohora Pirbhai. People of Faith is Essays on a Historical and Contemporary Profile of the Ismailis.
An original film production. Zoya, a healthcare professional in her early 30s, finds herself struggling with feelings of boredom and anxiety during the pandemic. Covering her life from Navroz 2020 to Navroz 2021, the film uses music and poetry to explore her physical and mental health, touching on the initial isolation, fear, and anxiety, and moving on to coping skills, hope, and connection through family and community. Over the span of a few months, comical conversations with her family and “slice of life” scenes reveal different aspects of her life. (English with snippets of languages spoken by the Jamat with subtitles)
An Ismaili TV Original series for the Farsi and Dari-speaking Jamats. This episode focuses on the importance of poetry and literature.
In this episode of Visionary Voices, Khalil Shariff, CEO of Aga Khan Foundation, Canada explores the topic of resilience in the face of crisis.
Almost every year the Nyando River in western Kenya breaks its banks and nearby residents are forced to cope with massive flooding. Entire towns are submerged and precious crops are washed away. In April 2017, catastrophic floods swept through Kenya displacing hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom were forced into makeshift refugee camps. But is the annual deluge a natural disaster or a man-made catastrophe? A film by Samuel Waweru & Humphrey Odhiambo.
The pandemic has forced institutions of higher learning to re-think their future by challenging the suitability, viability, and sustainability of university-operating models. Institutions must reassess and adapt their strategies if they are to survive and thrive after the pandemic. Farah Nasser moderates a discussion between Dr. Jay Johnson, President of Simon Fraser University; Dr. Mohamed Lachemi, President of Ryerson University; Dr. Graham Carr, President of Concordia University and Dr. Deborah MacLatchy, President of Wilfrid Laurier University.
Badakhshan, home to the beautiful Pamir Mountains, is rich in culture and tradition. This film explores the customs and traditions as spring comes to the area.
The current pandemic has brought about some fundamental changes to the global economy and accelerated the pace of change that impacts how people work, live, and spend. Join us for a moderated discussion with Dr. Rusell Green of Rice University's Baker Institute and Laila Assange of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas on the trends in the economic activities domestically and internationally as societies look towards a post-pandemic future. The program will be moderated by Inayat Noormohmad, former Director and Chief Labor Economist for the Kansas Department of Labor.
Almost every year the Nyando River in western Kenya breaks its banks and nearby residents are forced to cope with massive flooding. Entire towns are submerged and precious crops are washed away. In April 2017, catastrophic floods swept through Kenya displacing hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom were forced into makeshift refugee camps. But is the annual deluge a natural disaster or a man-made catastrophe? A film by Samuel Waweru & Humphrey Odhiambo.
This week, on our sixth episode of Trailblazers, we are joined by Dr. Eboo Patel, the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a nonprofit organization based in Chicago that prepares youth to become interfaith leaders in a changing environment. Eboo was also a member of President Barack Obama’s inaugural advisory council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. A Rhodes scholar with a doctorate in sociology from Oxford University, Eboo has authored four books, with a fifth one on the way.
Sujeet is a very talented sportsman. He's played at cricket's top level in several countries and leagues. He's a left-hand batsman, spinner, and all-rounder. Tune in to watch him share his story!
Between 1990 and 2010, Burundi lost 40.5% of its forest cover, a result of illegal cutting of trees for charcoal production. Charcoal burning is big business in a country that depends almost entirely on this inexpensive fuel for cooking but the long-term consequences of Burundi’s deforestation will be dire: it is anticipated that by 2040 all of Burundi’s forest will be gone. A film by Aimée Nshimirimana.
Qu'est-ce que la petite enfance? Comment lire et chanter avec ses enfants? Nous vous partegerons de precieux conseils!
Irfan Hemani (Deputy Director of Cyber Security at the UK Department for Digital) discusses his career journey and shares advice for students interested in the fields of cyber security and technology policy.
The Grevy’s zebra (also known as the imperial zebra) population has declined faster than that of any other African mammal, falling from 15,000 in the 1970s to just 2,350 today. Only half of Grevy’s zebra live in protected areas. So what will save this majestic zebra from extinction? This film follows the efforts of dedicated local residents who have volunteered to work as community scouts and ambassadors for the Grevy’s and to address the threats they face. The film also profiles the bi-annual census conducted by the Grevy’s Zebra Trust. A film by Simon Mukalla.
Shemin Nurmohamed (Senior Vice President of Product Management at Pitney Bowes) discusses her career journey and shares advice for students interested in the field of product management.
Danish Dhamani is the Co-founder of Orai, a public speech coaching app. Cited as the most common phobia amongst humans, Danish struggled with public speaking. His journey as the co-founder of Orai was motivated by his own personal experiences and his drive to improve the quality of life of people across the globe. Danish joins Trailblazers host, Tahira Nizari at the Serena Hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to discuss his journey as an entrepreneur.
The proposed 1,000 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Kenya's remote Lamu county would have severely impacted the people and environment of this pristine region, but it's just been defeated in Kenya's courts. It's a great victory for scientific truth and community activism, primarily organized by the Save Lamu coalition. But will this ruling stand the test of time? Find out more from NTV's Dennis Okari and Robert Gichira and GNV's executive producer Andrew Tkach. A film by Dennis Okari & Robert Gichira (co-produced with NTV).
Hope Springs Eternal is an inspirational and educational program that explores the meaning and history of Navroz, touching on the diverse ways in which the festival is celebrated in different parts of the world and the significance of the Haft Seen and rozi. The show focuses on messages of rebirth, rejuvenation, and hope for the future, particularly as we can begin to imagine our lives beyond the pandemic. It incorporates verses of the Qur’an, quotes from Mawlana Hazar Imam, and devotional poetry from the Persian, Arabic, and South Asian traditions.

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